European Parliament passes plastics strategy

European Parliament passes plastics strategy A “positive” vote by the European Parliament last week on an EU strategy for plastics, has been broadly welcomed by the waste management sector. Pan-European waste body, FEAD, whose members are national waste management associations … Read More

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Coffey reveals details on resources and waste strategy

Coffey reveals details on resources and waste strategy Defra’s resources and waste strategy, which is in its final stages, will include “significant” reform of packaging regulations in order to boost the market for a wide range of secondary materials. Speaking … Read More

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SMEs call for financial help to reduce plastics use

SMEs call for financial help to reduce plastics use Small and medium sized companies want reducing their use of plastic but lack of enough financial incentives to help them change. That finding comes from research by Close Brothers Asset Finance, … Read More

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May to double and extend bag charge

Prime minister Theresa May is to extend the 5p plastic bag charge to all retailers and double it to 10p. These changes are subject to a consultation later this year. Defra said the 5p charge levied on bags provided by … Read More

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MRFs

Material quality for MRFs hits low point

Material quality for MRFs hits low point The volume of target materials received at England’s materials recycling facilities (MRFs) for the first quarter of 2018 was the lowest recorded since reporting began. In total, 84.9% of material received was target … Read More

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ESA calls for end to weight-based targets

ESA calls for end to weight-based targets The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has said recycling targets should not rely on weight-based measurements but instead use alternative methods such as carbon metrics, depending on the material stream. A report for the … Read More

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UK waste

Details emerge of waste ‘illegally displaced’ to Poland

Details emerge of UK waste ‘illegally displaced’ to Poland Polish authorities have started the procedure of returning around 1,000 tonnes of “illegally displaced waste” to the UK. The news follows the discovery of the waste by officers from the Tax … Read More

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battery recycling

Concern as UK continues to struggle on battery recycling target

Concern as UK continues to struggle on battery recycling target The UK has failed to make progress in meeting battery recycling targets, with lead acid batteries continuing to make up a ‘disproportionate’ share of batteries collected for recycling, G&P Batteries … Read More

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European waste bodies back recycled content push

European waste bodies back recycled content push Two bodies representing the EU waste management and recycling industries have backed European Parliament proposals to include at least 25% recycled plastics in new drinks containers by 2025. In a joint statement, FEAD, … Read More

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work safety

Conference puts spotlight on health & safety in waste

Conference puts spotlight on health & safety in waste Health and safety continues to be a key concern in the waste and recycling sector, with data published this year suggesting that waste workers are among those at the highest risk … Read More

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